Sparkling Cherry Limeade with Homemade Maraschino Cherries

Sparkling Cherry Limeade with Homemade Maraschino Cherries

I am a huge fan of homemade sodas. In moments, I can stir together a flavorful simple syrup, chill it down, and stir it into a glass of sparkling water for a refreshing drink.

The thing is, I’m a snob. I don’t like most regular sodas, because I find them cloyingly sweet (although I admit to drinking a root beer every now and then, especially if there’s ice cream involved). With homemade syrups, I can control the sweetness, and create nearly any flavor I want. It doesn’t hurt that their made with real sugar, either, instead of that high-fructose corn syrup nonsense.

Sparkling Cherry Limeade with Homemade Maraschino Cherries

I’ve been sharing a lot of cocktails, lately, like these Pomegranate Ginger Fizzes, or these Rhubarb and Lime Mojitos, but when I’m not making cocktails, I’m using those same syrups mixed with a little sparkling water, or ginger ale, to make sodas.

Last week, after I posted the recipe for my Homemade Maraschino Cherries, I set out to create a cocktail with them (and I did), but found I liked it so well as a soda, I wanted to share it both ways.

I present to you, Cherry Lime Soda, and Boozy Cherry Limeade.

Sparkling Cherry Limeade with Homemade Maraschino Cherries
Sparkling Cherry Limeade with Homemade Maraschino Cherries

This simple syrup has the perfect balance of sweet and sour, made from fresh squeezed lime juice and tart cherry concentrate, blended with just enough sugar to keep you from puckering.

I shared both soda and cocktail version of this drink with friends over the weekend, and it was such a hit I blew threw two batches of simple syrup and an entire jar of cherries in one evening.

If that isn’t success, I don’t know what is.

Sparkling Cherry Limeade with Homemade Maraschino Cherries

Sparkling Cherry Limeade with Homemade Maraschino Cherries
 
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Recipe type: Drinks
Serves: 1
Ingredients
For the Cocktail
  • 3-4 TBSP cherry lime simple syrup (recipe below)
  • 1-2 oz. white rum, or tequila (optional, omit to make soda)
  • 1 TBSP juice from homemade maraschino cherries (optional, omit to make soda)
  • 6-8 oz. sparkling water
  • Homemade maraschino cherries, for garnish
  • Ice
For the Cherry Lime Simple Syrup
  • ½ cup fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 3 TBSP 100% tart cherry juice concentrate
  • ¾-1 cup sugar (depending on the tartness of the limes)
Instructions
For the simple syrup:
  1. Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan, and place over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 3-5 minutes, or until the sugar is thoroughly dissolved. Remove from the heat, and let cool completely.
  2. Strain into a clean, tightly lidded jar or bottle, and store in the fridge for up to a couple of weeks.
For the cherry lime soda:
  1. Stir together 3-4 TBSP cherry lime simple syrup and 6-8 oz. sparkling water. Pour over ice, and enjoy.
For the boozy cherry limeade:
  1. In a cocktail shaker with ice, combine the cherry lime simple syrup, liqueur, and maraschino cherry juice. Shake hard for 15-20 seconds, then pour into a glass with ice.
  2. Top off the glass with sparkling water, and garnish with a couple maraschino cherries. Enjoy!
Notes
Makes about 1 cup of Cherry Lime Simple Syrup

This recipe is meant to be made with homemade maraschino cherries, and freshly squeezed lime juice. I cannot be held responsible if you choose to use store bought cherries, or that stuff they call lime juice that comes in a little lime-shaped squeeze bottle. (You could use Luxardo cherries, though, which are insanely delicious, but also insanely expensive.)

Also, I noted in the recipe that you could use either white rum or tequila for the boozy cherry limeade -- I have tried the recipe both ways, and like them both equally. Use whichever liqueur you prefer, or try it with both to see which you like more.

This recipe is meant to be made with homemade maraschino cherries (click for recipe), and freshly squeezed lime juice.

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3 Responses to Sparkling Cherry Limeade with Homemade Maraschino Cherries

  1. movita beaucoup August 15, 2014 at 7:51 am #

    So, I’m laying in bed, enjoying a leisurely morning coffee and then I see this.

    Now I want to sit under an umbrella on the beach…

  2. shannon August 19, 2014 at 7:38 am #

    i would appreciate you making this for me and maybe bringing it here? okay. perfect. i’ll have mine un-boozed only because i’d probably end up falling asleep on you if it DID have booze. next week i can do the booze.
    i may make this for the wee one’s party. well, maybe: now i need to look to make sure that i have time to make the cherries. hey how about this: maybe you fly in and help me. YES PLEASE COME TO THE PARTY. :)

    • Willow August 19, 2014 at 1:04 pm #

      Hahaha, I would LOVE to come to the Wee one’s party! These would be perfect perfect perfect for it, too. Just remember that there’s booze in the cherries, though (although I bet you could make them with just a water/sugar simple syrup, but they wouldn’t keep for very long because they wouldn’t have the alcohol to preserve them — I’m sure they’d still be delicious, though, and kid friendly!)

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